The enterprise arms of BT and Orange are to build Europe-wide networks for major multinationals thanks to new contract wins.
BT Global Services will connect over 200 sites across 20 countries in EMEA for tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Europe.
The contract, which features the operator’s IPConnect VPN and internet service, covers 150 retail stores and over 50 offices, manufacturing plants and testing facilities.
Bridgestone’s business-critical applications will be supported with BT’s Connect Intelligence service.
Bridgestone will also deploy BT’s One Cloud Cisco portfolio of cloud-based communications to allow collaboration between employees and with customers and suppliers.
BT will manage the collaboration tools for employees, including Cisco WebEx and high-definition audio-conferencing technology.
Call centre employees will have access to BT’s Cloud Contact Cisco, an omnichannel contact centre service comprising voice, email, SMS, web chat and social media.
In addition, the operator will manage Bridgestone’s fixed and wireless local area networks to provide secure access to employees.
Financial details and information about the length of the contract were not disclosed.
Earlier this month, BT announced that it would be restructuring Global Services and installing a new CEO, Bas Burger, from 1 July.
Despite a damaging scandal in Italy in January, Global Services saw revenues hit £5.5 billion in the 2016/17 financial year, up seven percent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, Orange Business Services (OBS) has won a contract to provide a hybrid network across Heraeus Group’s 110 worldwide locations.
OBS will build and manage the network, which will offer optimised data routing and built-in connectivity to cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365.
This will provide additional bandwidth and secure connectivity for Heraeus’s corporate applications.
Financial details of the four-year contract were not disclosed.